They are already regular users of Twitter and YouTube — but now Britain’s royal family is setting up its own page on Internet social networking site Facebook.

The British Monarchy page features pictures, videos, news and speeches from Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the throne Prince Charles, plus his two sons Princes William and Harry, among others.

The Queen’s first day on Facebook Monday attracted the attention of more than 100,000 users of the social networking site as royalists, republicans, jokers and sentimental admirers rushed to comment on the British Monarchy page.

Buckingham Palace has frequently emphasised the queen’s desire to embrace new media.  She has a BlackBerry and an iPod and sent her first email from a military base as long ago as 1976, royal officials have said.

Buckingham Palace set up a royal channel on YouTube in 2007 and signed up for micro-blogging site Twitter in 2009. The monarchy also has its own photostream on picture-sharing site Flickr.

Source: AFP – http://www.facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy